Easy Drama Writings
John Andreasen, associate professor, Department of Dramaturgy and Musicology, Aarhus University, Denmark
2,5 hour workshop
Part of the 2018 ATHENS GREECE INTERNATIONAL THEATRE/DRAMA & EDUCATION CONFERENCE
organised by the Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network (TENet-Gr)
Drama is haunted out of class rooms in many places- including Denmark, where I come from. But in an age of information overload and feeling of powerlessness, it is even more necessary than before to help children and youth to imagine how to deal with overwhelming domestic as well as planetary problems; to try out their own or common ideas and solutions. They and their teachers may, among other things, need simple tools to show, in an easy way, that everyone can do drama. The workshop consists of 4-5 easy tools and methods used to write smaller or bigger pieces of drama; tools that can be applied to different ages, cultures, etc. It includes different ways of using drawings, objects and acting technics on a basic level, but it can be applied to more complex contexts too.
John Andreasen, MA in Nordic Languages and Literature and MA in Dramaturgy, is associate professor in Dramaturgy and Musicology at Aarhus University in Denmark, where he teaches theatre production and cultural politics. John Andreasen has mostly studied street theatre, community plays and Scandinavian cultural politics. In 1983 he initiated the community play, The Aarhus Play (Århus Spillet) with 11 first nights in 9 days. In 2002-3 he sketched 8 new set designs for “A Doll’s House”. He is the founder of the new community play archive (Egnsspilarkivet) at the Royal library in Copenhagen (2018). Among others he has published “Teaterproduktion” (Theatre Production) in 1982 and “Community Plays- a Search for Identity” in 1996. Some of his theatre visions are sketched in “Third manifesto: We shall come to see” in NTQ 1983 and “Theatre- Five Futures or Fuwtuwrews” in Inter litteraria 2002. In Odin Teatret 2000 he wrote about “The Social Space of Theatre - including Odin Teatret”. In 2007 he was a co-writer on the first theatre encyclopaedia in Danish. His latest books are Multiple Stages 2- on performances, analyses models & cultural politics from 2012 and Drama Teaching & Mnemonics- an extended version from 2015.